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DACA cancellation

EDITOR: The cancellation of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program is reprehensible. It creates fear for recipients and their families, their employers and employees, their teachers and many businesses across the United States.

My daughter manages a thrift store in Upland, and her main driver is a DACA recipient. He won’t be able to work or drive. He has a wife and small child. And my daughter’s company will have to manage without his service.

Canceling DACA won’t make America great. It is short- sighted and will cause more hardship and confusion for all of us.

The prophet Isaiah wrote: “Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and who write oppressive decrees, depriving the needy of judgment, robbing the poor of their rights, making widows their plunder, and orphans their prey.” The president and all who support the cancellation will be held accountable. God is just and fair and loves all children, regardless of race, color, nationality or status.

I urge all citizens to contact both branches of Congress to request that DACA be reinstated while a new solution is worked out for all these young people on that just immigration legislation be made into law. Evil will persist if good people do nothing. Everyone can do something — pray, write letters, contact others.

DIANE TOMCZAK

Windsor

Lessons in politics

EDITOR: Bob Marketos (“Sitting out elections,” Letters, Thursday) suggests that “a man with zero dignity for, and knowledge of, the office he holds, is president,” because progressives didn’t get out and vote. And I agree.

I think a good way to improve our voting stats is for parents to begin exposing their children to the function and history of our government and politics at an early age. I grew up in Orange County, a Republican bastion, and we received no fewer than two newspapers a day that my sisters and I pored over.

As a young child, my mother took me door-to-door with her as she campaigned for Barry Goldwater. Had I not been exposed to politics early in life, I may have never voted. In fact, I’ve never missed the opportunity to vote in an election since I came of age. So, parents, start encouraging your children to pay attention to politics. Who knows? You might learn something, too.

By the way, my Republican parents ended up raising three progressive Democrat daughters.

DIANNE MAHANES

Santa Rosa

Role reversal

EDITOR: The antics of the black-clad, masked demonstrators are very troubling. Donald Trump has emboldened the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists to come out of hiding to spew their hate in public displays. Unfortunately, their appearance seems to have given extremists on the left permission to incite anger and violence rather than supporting peaceful demonstrations.

How are their masks different from the hidden faces of the KKK? There is an old saying, “Be careful who you choose as an enemy, for you will become just like him.”

JESSIE GORDON

Sonoma

Sharing the road

EDITOR: Former Santa Rosa Councilman Gary Wysocky once asked me, “Keith, why do you hate bicyclists?” Of course I responded in the negative. Bicycling is a great way to exercise and get around. And I always include my mantra, “No cyclist or pedestrian should get hit by a motorist.”

But I have noticed a disturbing trend, most recently during the Tour de Fuzz: cyclists riding the outer line of the bicycle lane instead of within the lane. Not only is it dangerous, it’s rude.

The county and cities established a safe space for bicyclists and, now, because of state and county law, we must yield an additional three feet to them. It appears we have wasted millions of dollars on these improvements, because these rude riders are purposely forcing motorists to give them additional space regardless of the bike lanes.

We need to stop coddling these people. It doesn’t help that law enforcement has embraced cycling. It affects their judgment and leaves thousands of dollars on the table that we could be collecting in fines for traffic scofflaws on bicycles.

Do I hate bicyclists? No, I don’t. I vehemently dislike public rudeness. “Share the Road” should apply to all users, less than 5 percent of whom are cyclists.

KEITH RHINEHART

Santa Rosa

A pension boost?

EDITOR: The Press Democrat reported that the Sonoma County courts hired a new top administrator (“New administrator named to top position in county courts,” Wednesday). This person worked in the civil division of Alameda County courts, has many years in public sector work and will be replacing a retiring top administrator earning $192,000 and will be supervising 190 court employees.

Her age was not given, but I think with all of her years of experience she must not be that far from retirement. Her public retirement pension will be based on her highest year of earnings, most assuredly from Sonoma County. So she comes to Santa Rosa, works a few years and retires, using her salary here for a nice pension.

There are 190 employees in the court department. Is nobody working there already qualified for this position? I seriously doubt it. I have seen lots of people take jobs up here so they can retire here. I hope this is not the case here. And I hope we are not paying her moving expenses, too.

DAVID NELSON

Santa Rosa

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